U.S. military bands kick off concert season on Monday

Military BandsThe Navy Band will kick off the 2015 series of concerts from the U.S. military on Monday at the U.S. Capitol.

An announcement for the performance, listed on the Architect of the Capitol’s website, also lists upcoming performances by the United States’ Navy Band, the Air Force Band,  the Army Band and the Marine Band for the rest of the summer.

All concerts will commence at 8 p.m. on the National Mall side of the U.S. Capitol West Front Steps, weather permitting. Set-up begins at 4 p.m. The complete summer schedule is listed on the Architect of the Capitol’s website.


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Nightclub in NoMa Loses Liquor License

Ibiza party (Photo via Facebook/DC Ibiza)The Ibiza nightclub in NoMa has lost its liquor license after D.C. officials said it operated illegally.

The Alcoholic Beverage Control Board on Wednesday revoked the 1222 1st St. NE club’s license to sell alcohol.

In March, the board said Ibiza “blatantly, intentionally and willfully operated the establishment for months without a Public Hall License and other required licenses issued by the Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs.”

Alcoholic Beverage Regulation Administration investigators in December reported that the club was overcrowded and didn’t keep its exits clear of patrons, the board said.

The investigators noted that a “stairwell was packed with people loitering and drinking full-sized champagne bottles” early in the morning of Dec. 14, according to the board.

Neither a lawyer nor a representative for Ibiza could immediately be reached for comment.

On social media, the last event Ibiza promoted was “Spring Fest” on March 20.

Photo via Facebook/DC Ibiza


VIDEO: Man With Wig Wanted for Threatening to Hurt CVS Worker in Southwest

A man with a long black wig who allegedly threatened to harm a CVS employee in Southwest has been caught on video.

The incident happened in the CVS at 1100 4th St. SW about 8:45 p.m. Sunday, police said. The man said he would injure the worker and then tried to open a cash register at the store, according to authorities.

A video distributed by police today shows the man entering the CVS with another person, who appears to be a woman. That individual had a pink jacket and long black hair.

The person with the pink jacket then brought a bottle to a cashier. As the individual appeared to buy the item, the man with the wig walked over to the checkout area.

The duo then exchanged words with the worker.

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Anyone who can identify these individuals or who has knowledge of this incident should take no action but call police at (202) 727-9099 or text your tip to the Department’s TEXT TIP LINE to 50411.

Video via the Metropolitan Police Department


Hill Center Hosts Bike-In Outdoor Movies Tonight

Hill CenterHill Center at the Old Naval Hospital is hosting an outdoor film screening for bicycle enthusiasts later tonight.

The bike-themed movies will start at sundown, and the Hill Center is asking for Capitol Hill cyclists to RSVP on their website.

DCPL will screen titles from their IndieFlix streaming movie database, including Veer, On Time and Racing Towards Red Hook.

The evening of movies is sponsored by the District of Columbia Public Library will cap off National Bike Month.

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Morning Rundown


Local Reporter Murdered — Charnice Milton, a D.C.area writer working for the publishing company that also owns Hill Rag, was killed in Anacostia in an apparently random shooting. She was returning from a monthly meeting of the Eastern Market Community Advisory Committee. [WTOP]

CSX Begins Construction on Virginia Ave. Tunnel — “It looks like Southeast residents opposed to a proposed expansion of the Virginia Avenue Tunnel are just about out of luck.” [DCist]

Burglar returns? A Near Northeast couple who recently caught on video a suspected burglar in their home believe they have filmed a return visit. [Frozen Tropics]

Developer seeks D.C. dollars for Union Market area
— Edens wants $90 million from the city in street and infrastructure improvements. [Washington Post]

“Half-Street Hole” Update
— Jacqueline Dupree counted uniformly positive reviews from zoning commissioners for the development plans for the massive project near Nationals Stadium. [JDLand]


Water Main Break Closes Street Near Union Station

Water main break on 1st Street NE

A water main break has shut down a portion of 1st Street NE near Union Station.

The northbound and southbound lanes of 1st Street between G Street and G Place NE are closed to traffic as workers fix the 8-inch water main. Crews are expected to finish repairs by 3 p.m., according to D.C. Water.

The nearby U.S. Government Publishing Office is without water service, a D.C. Water spokeswoman said. No other D.C. Water customers are affected.

The cause of the break wasn’t immediately clear.


Suspected Package Thief Filmed on Capitol Hill

A suspected package thief has been caught on video a block east from the Hart Senate Office Building on Capitol Hill.

A theft was reported in a building on the 300 block of Constitution Avenue NE about 1:15 p.m. on May 15, police said.

A man with a bag entered the building and picked up a package left inside the entrance, video police distributed yesterday shows. The person of interest then walked up the stairs of the building with the box and bag, disappearing from view.

Eventually, the camera spotted him walking down the stairs with only the bag, before he left.

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Anyone who can identify these individuals or who has knowledge of this incident should take no action but call police at (202) 727-9099 or text your tip to the Department’s TEXT TIP LINE to 50411.


Would-Be Thief Enters House in Southwest, Sprays Occupants with Fire Extinguisher

1300 Block of Half Street SW (Photo via Google Maps)A would-be burglar in Southwest sprayed at least two people with a fire extinguisher yesterday when they wouldn’t give him money.

The individual struck on the 1300 block of Half Street SW about 2:45 a.m. Wednesday, police said.

The person entered a house on the block through the back door. The individual then demanded money from people in the house.

When they refused, the person used a fire extinguisher on them and fled, police said.

Photo via Google Maps


Local Launches Petition to ‘Protect Hill East Citizens’ Safety’

Police carA Hill East resident is turning up the heat on D.C. officials over crime in his neighborhood, with help from hundreds of backers.

Riccardo de Marchi Trevisan, who lives near 15th and A streets SE, started a petition yesterday, calling on Mayor Muriel Bowser and D.C. police Chief Cathy Lanier to improve safety in Hill East. Posted on Change.org, the “Protect Hill East Citizens’ Safety” petition has more than 220 supporters so far.

The petition says Hill East residents “don’t feel protected and safe” and “are afraid to walk down the street, commute to the Metro and take our kids to surrounding recreational parks.”

ANC 6B, which represents Hill East and some of the surrounding area, has seen an overall decrease in crime within its borders so far this year, according to D.C. crime statistics. But armed robberies, assaults with guns, burglaries and car thefts are up.

ANC 6B Crime Statistics (Chart via MPD)

Since April, bullets have flown in Hill East on at least four occasions. Most recently on May 7, two people were shot a block from the Stadium-Armory Metro station.

Numerous suspected thieves also have been caught on video around Hill East in the past couple months. Three of those individuals allegedly attacked and robbed a man in the neighborhood last week.

Trevisan said he hasn’t been a victim of a crime in the neighborhood. But the 34-year-old software development company executive said he’s troubled by reports about Hill East crime.

“I am very concerned because, as it happened to several neighbors, it can happen to me, to my wife,” Trevisan said in an email, noting he has a 2-year-old son.

Representatives of Bowser and Lanier didn’t immediately respond to requests for comment.

Chart via the Metropolitan Police Department


UPDATED: Suspicious Package Found in Library of Congress Building

James Madison Memorial Building of the Library of Congress (Photo via Flickr/Craig Nelson)(Updated at 2:25 p.m.) Police have determined the James Madison Memorial Building is safe after unattended bags were discovered in the Library of Congress facility.

U.S. Capitol Police launched a suspicious package investigation into the bags after they were found in the building shortly after noon, police said.

By 2 p.m., the police had completed their probe and reopened a portion of Independence Avenue SE that was closed during the investigation. The building is located at 101 Independence Ave. SE.

Photo via Flickr/Craig Nelson


Night Market in Southwest to Feature Beer, Cigars

MarketSW (Photo via MarketSW)An Asian-inspired monthly market is slated to bring beer and cigars just outside the Waterfront Metro station this week.

The first-ever MarketSW will run from 4 to 9 p.m. Friday. Art gallery Art Whino will host a beer garden and “cigar bar lounge,” along with living painting by muralists, according to the MarketSW website. A cigar roller will be on hand, too, MarketSW operator Diverse Markets Management announced this week.

The market also will include Japanese and Korean bento boxes from the Tokyo In The City food truck and Mexican fusion cuisine from the South Meets East food truck.

Aside from the food, drinks and cigars, more than 20 vendors will sell jewelry, clothes and other items. The merchants include the Brooklyn Made Store, Capitol Hill Sporting Goods and Little Tibet Boutique.

The John Lewis ElectroKoustic duo and Ian Walters & Friends bands and Afro-Brazilian martial art group FICA DC will perform as well.

After Friday, MarketSW is scheduled to return June 26, July 24, Aug. 28, Sept. 25 and Oct. 23, which are all Fridays.

Photo via MarketSW


Trio Wanted for Violent Hill East Robbery Captured on Video

Three people suspected of attacking a man and robbing him in Hill East last week have appeared on surveillance video.

The man was robbed May 20 about 9 p.m. on the 1200 block of Walter Street SE, about two blocks south of Lincoln Park, police said. He was hit from behind and robbed when he was on a walk through the residential area.

The three persons of interest, who appear to be juvenile males, are seen in a video distributed by police yesterday walking on a sidewalk in front of a house twice. One of the individuals has a messenger bag.

The robbery happened in Police Service Area 107, which includes Eastern Market and Lincoln Park.

District crime statistics show 31 robberies were reported in the area from Jan. 1 to May 28. During the same period the previous year, 18 of the crimes were reported.

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Morning Rundown

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Budget Passed — The D.C. City Council passed a $13 billion budget yesterday that would place record tax revenue towards school improvements, fund body cameras for police officers and combat homelessness. [Washington Post]

More Streetcar Woes
— Fired workers are protesting the streetcar, demanding to be rehired and for the new public transit service to open. The workers claim they were fired for trying to unionize. Hill Now reported on the workers’ firing back in March. [DCist]

Cemetery Review — A good look at how the Congressional Cemetery compares to other historical cemeteries across the country. This piece outlines how the Capitol Hill cemetery finds creative ways to raise funds for the plot’s maintenance. [Route Fifty]

Middle School Exodus –Natalie Wexler looks into the reasons why students leave the D.C. public school system after elementary school, and how that might change. [Greater Greater Washington]

Catfish — Police have arrested Jerez Nehemiah Stone-Coleman, or Kidd Cole if we’re going by his TV show, for making terror threats against the region’s Metro stations, buses and trains. [Washington Post]


Watkins Farmers Market to Return Next Week

Watkins Farmers Market (Photo via New Morning Farm)Capitol Hill residents soon can buy strawberries, lettuce and other produce from Mid-Atlantic farmers near Watkins Elementary School.

The Watkins Farmers Market is slated to return for its fourth year June 3, a week from today. The market will be open from 3:30 to 7:30 p.m. at 13th and E streets SE.

New Morning Farm and the Tuscarora Organic Growers Cooperative in Pennsylvania will have more than a dozen fruits, vegetables and herbs for sale, said Emily Best, a New Morning Farm representative. The food includes kale, beets and cilantro, in addition to strawberries and lettuce.

The market is scheduled to continue its operations every Wednesday until the end of September. But it may still sell food later in the fall, as it has done in the past, Best said.

On school days, the market will run from 3:30 to about 7:30 p.m. When school is out, the market will open a half-hour later at 4 p.m.

Photo via New Morning Farm


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